Ruth is a parable as well as a love story.
Please view the parabolic explanation that follows chapter 4.
Ruth was not a Moabite by race, she was an Israelite (likely of Reuben) living in the land of Moab.
The land of Ammon and Moab were cleansed by the Israelites before this time.
The territory of the Moabites was originally east and north east of the Dead Sea. Moab's borders extended from the Arnon River on the south to the Jabbok River on the north, from the Dead Sea and Jordan River on the west to the mountains on the east. It was called Moab after the people who once lived there.
When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, after their 40 years wandering in the Exodus, the land of Moab was the first territory they conquered.
The Israelites conquered the land of Moab, killing all the people they found therein.
Amorites were exterminated by the Israelites.
No non-Israelites were left in the area.
From here, the Israelites advanced northward into the land of Ammon.
None were left alive.
Toward the end of the 40 years wandering in the Arabian desert, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh were weary of their unsettled existence. They saw that the territory of Moab was fertile and asked Moses his permission to settle there.
Within this entire area, east of the River Jordan, settled the tribes of Reuben, Gan, and half of Manasseh, after all the original inhabitants, Boabites and Ammonites, had been killed or driven out.
All of this was accomplished about 1450 BC. From that time on, this was purely Israelite territory.
Today, anglo-saxon Americans who live in California are called 'Californians': but bearing this name and living in a former Mexican territory doesn't make them Mexicans. Likewise, pure Israelites living I the old land of Moab ere often called 'Moabites'.
Three hundred years later, about 1143 BC, we find evidence that the Israelite occupation of the lands of Moab and Ammon was still unbroken (Judges 11:12-26).
Israel dwelt in these lands for at least 400 years.
The story of Ruth happened only 3 generations before David, and just before the days of Samuel the prophet, who anointed Saul as the first King of Israel.
The land of Moab was in the hand of Israel during the entire time of the Judges. See Judges 11:12-26.
Approximately 1322 BC
Ephrathites is a term for the founders of Bethlehem. Ephrathites are not Ephraimites.
The land of Moab was the land of Gad, Reuben and ½ of Mannasseh.
As shown in the introduction, the land of Moab was inhabited by Israelites at the time. These women are Israelites.
We are not told whether conditions of life and shortage of food in Bethlehem had made Elimelech and his two sons sickly and weak in health, but we are told that all three died in the land of Moab.
The term her gods comes from the word elohiym. It should be understood as her land, or her judges.
Hebrew idioms are sometimes hard to understand.
The idea of local gods owning the territory still survived in these idioms. The expression her gods, when it was applied to Jacob's wife Rachel, refers to the land she was to inherit from her father's estate.
E. Raymond Capt shows that it means deeds. The title of her land, Her husband died. It's hers.
Naaman the Syrian had leprosy. Elisha told him to wash seven times in the Jordan. When he was healed he offered Elisha payment. But Elisha refused. Naaman brought dirt from the land of Israel.
The translators butchered verses 15 and 16.
The words shall be were added by the translators. This gives fuel to the false doctrine of universalism. This isn't about joining different races.
The capitalization of the G in God in verse 16 were assumptions by the translators. In verse 15, the her people were either Reuben or Gad, and in verse 16, your people were Judah. The her gods were simply the judges in Reuben or Gad, and the your God and my God would be your judges and my judges. The correct reading would be “...your people are my people, and your judges are my judges.”
In doing this Ruth made a decision which led to her second marriage, this time with a kinsman of Naomi, whose home was at Bethlehem, and thus she became an ancestress of our Prince in the line of His humanity. In His genealogy, which Matthew gives, we see that Ruth's great grandson was King David.
This indicates that the Wave Sheaf offering had already been made, so the time period is right after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Barley harvest was in full swing and the countdown to Pentecost under way. Ruth gleaned for herself and for her mother-in-law, Naomi.
Ruth identified Boaz as one of her and Naomi's kinsman. Ruth was an Israelite that was born in the country of Moab.
Since only the Israelites had such a redemptory custom, this is more proof that both Ruth and Mahlon were Israelites.
H1350 is used four times in verse 13.
This is also referring to Christ. Our Kinsman Redeemer.
Ruth is a Parable
The story of Ruth is a Messianic comparison of Israel’s relationship to our Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
First of all, the fact that Ruth lives outside of Judah is important. The country of Moab symbolizes Israel’s separation from Yahweh. Ruth represents Israel in Exile.
Bethlehem-Judah was to be the birthplace of our Kinsman Redeemer, as it was the birthplace of Boaz, Ruth’s kinsman redeemer.
Ruth’s relationship to Boaz is our relationship to Yahshua. He purchased our estate, so that we could ultimately inherit it again! Like Boaz, Jesus was a full-blooded Judahite through Mary, thereby fully qualified to be our Kinsman Redeemer.
Ruth, having submitted herself to Boaz’s authority, represents True Israel submitting ourselves to Yahshua’s authority. When she lay down at Boaz’s feet, she totally humbled herself to him. Likewise, we Israelites have to humble ourselves, completely, before Him!!!
Today's “churches” are represented by Orpah, who stayed in Moab, outside of Israel. Orpah does not enter the Kingdom, as she opted to stay in the “state” of Moab. Outside of truth.
Notes from Eli James
Ruth 1:1 The famine in this verse can be viewed as the End Time “famine” of word.
Ruth 1:2-5 Elimelech and Naomi represent Abraham and Sarah, who are dead to the Judeo-Christians. The Judeos reject the Old Testament, calling it a “Jewish book”. The Jews are not Israel.
The self-proclaimed “New Testament Christians” are dead to their heritage because they have rejected their kinship and ancestry, all because of the lie that the Jews are Israel. This spiritual suicide will lead, ultimately, to the rejection of their Covenant Relationship to Yahshua. If they reject His terms, how can He possibly accept them into the Kingdom? They are the foolish virgins, who reject their Israelite heritage.
Ruth 1:14-22 But Ruth will have none of it. She is determined to go back to Bethlehem, the “land” of her kinsmen. (her gods, means her judges, people)
Ruth 2:1 Boaz is introduced as a kinsman of her mother-in-law. Here Boaz clearly represents our KINSMAN Redeemer, Yahshua!!!!
Ruth 2:2-3 Ruth is determined to stay in the company of Boaz. Here, she represents the Remnant, sticking to OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER, Yahshua.
Ruth 2:4-7 Boaz instructs His servants to keep a watchful eye upon Ruth. This is Yahweh keeping His tender, loving, watchful eye (His angels) upon His Remnant, those who will eventually become the Bride of Christ.
Ruth 2:8-10 Boaz, representing Yahweh, cautions Ruth, representing the Remnant, to glean only in His fields. Do not go after other gods. Do not go after the false doctrines of the false priests of Apostianity.
In Verse 10, Ruth considers herself a “stranger.” This means that she is one of the “lost sheep”, who is willing to come back into the fold.
Ruth 2:11-13 In these verses, Boaz (Yahweh) is telling Ruth (Israel) that her estrangement is over. She is being welcomed back into the Household of True Israel. She is awakening to her kinship relationship with Yahweh.
Ruth 2:14-15 This is the Passover meal of the New Covenant, the Last Supper. In verse 14, she ate and was satisfied. She eats of the “bread” of the New Covenant. In verse 15, she is “risen up.” This is a mini-parable of the Last Supper and the rising of Messiah from the dead! The sheaves of Verse 15 can only be the Wave Sheaf offering - Jesus Christ, the first of the FIRSTFRUITS.
Ruth 2:16-17 Ruth continues to gleaned, meaning that she is absorbing the knowledge of the Scriptures, coming into awareness of her Covenant relationship with Yahshua.
In verse 23, Ruth stayed with the maidens of Bethlehem, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. The summer harvest of the spring wheat coincided with the countdown to Pentecost, the harvest of the Firstfruits. (Joel 3:23-27.)
Ruth 3:1-3 The full restoration of Israel to her covenant relationship cannot occur until the Remnant of all twelve tribes come into realization of their Israelite identity. This is happening today.
Ruth 3:4-7 We, His Remnant, the future Bride of Christ, must submit ourselves humbly to Him, laying ourselves down AT HIS FEET, waiting for Him to return (awaken).
In these verses, Ruth represents Israel understanding what she must do in order to prepare herself as the Bride of Christ. Naomi represents the Old Testament (RIGHTEOUSNESS) wisdom that urges her on.
Ruth 3:9 Boaz (Yahweh) asks “Do you know your Identity?”
Ruth 3:10-14 The unnamed nearer kinsman is symbolic of today's “churches”, WHO ARE NOT WILLING TO MARRY RUTH! They want to stay in their familiar and false doctrine.
Ruth 3:15 The veil that hides her identity will become her wedding veil!!!
Ruth 3:16 Ruth explains that she now anticipates that she is a bride-to-be, the lady in waiting for her groom.
Ruth 3:17 The six measures of barley may represent the measure of sin since Adam and Eve in the Garden, over six thousand years ago.
Ruth 3:18 Yahshua will not rest until He completes His mission.
Ruth 4:1-5 These verses detail the legal requirements for redeeming Ruth and her property. She must be redeemed before she can be married.
Ruth 4:5-10 Firstborn by law will carry on name of Mahlon. Symbolically, cast-off, widowed Israel, in being married to Yahshua, is reclaimed in the name of Yahweh, our first “husband.”
Ruth 4:11-12 Ruth is to become as famous, remembered.
Ruth 4:13 THE WEDDING FEAST OF THE LAMB!
Ruth 4:14 Naomi represents joy 7 Fold. Israel’s glory will be restored sevenfold.
The Old Testament is returned to its rightful place in our history and heritage. By teaching and learning from the Old Wine and the New Wine, we are the only ones who qualify as the Bride of Christ.
Ruth 4:17 Israel Restored. The lineage of Messiah continues to this day!
Ruth 4:18-22 The lineage of Messiah confirmed.
Harlots and Innkeepers
Rahab, the mother of Boaz, who is supposed to be a Canaanite harlot. But is not.
Every Bible translator and commentator, without exception, associates her with, or directly identifies her as `Rahab the harlot' who was saved alive from the massacre of Jericho. But the foregoing evidence shows that after the debacle at the first battle for Ai, no Israelite had dared to disobey God by marrying a Canaanite or any other foreign woman for at least 30 years after crossing the Jordan. Furthermore, Leviticus 21:7,14, state that no priest of God's Tabernacle was to take a harlot for his wife, and verse 9 states that if even the daughter of a priest played the harlot, she was to be killed and burnt in the fire.
Teaching letter #47
Rahab, the so-called harlot, lied and it was accounted to her as righteousness. The story is found in Joshua (pronounced Yahshua) chapter 2. It seems that someone reported to the king of Jericho that she was sheltering two Israelite spies. On this news, the king sent his policemen to Rahab’s residence inquiring of these two men. Her answer is recorded in verse 4:
“... There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were ... ”
Not only did she know who they were, but she sheltered them; made an agreement in league with them; misdirected their pursuers and gave them aid and comfort. Thus, her lie was increased fourfold. If one were to ask the average preacher of today, he would say that Rahab was a Canaanite and also a whore. If one will read Far Above Rubies by Isabel Hill Elder, one will discover that Rahab was of the Tribe of Ephraim, and that she ran an Embassy, not a whorehouse, (pages 41-51). Interestingly, if true, that would make our Redeemer from both Judah and Joseph, but lineage always follows the father.
For telling this lie and aiding the Israelite spies, we are told the following about Rahab in Hebrews 11:31 & James 2:25:
“By faith the harlot [Embassy keeper] Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”
“Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot [Embassy keeper] justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?”
It is apparent that it is not a matter of lying, but who, when, where, why and under what circumstances we are to avoid the truth. It is evident that one is not required to tell an enemy the truth, even sometimes on occasions when they are our kinsmen. Usually, our kinsmen become our enemy when they have been influenced by the Cain-Satanic-seedline. Furthermore, there are times when certain unscrupulous prying people ask questions which are really none of their business, for which one is not obligated to give a true answer.
RUTH – CHURCH DOCTRINE VS. SCRIPTURE
Below are 3 sources of what the modern churches preach today about the book of Ruth.
The purpose is to expose the apostasy and perversion of the scriptures, and to educate our people about the truth of our heritage. That we, the anglo-saxon race who are the descendants of ancient Israel, are the people of Abraham's seed and therefore the heirs of the promises of Yahweh. Not the Jews who distort and pervert the scriptures and teach the 'traditions of men'.
The book of Ruth is the Narrative of a love story, yet also has some important Genealogy. The timeline of this book is intertwined during the period of the Judges. The author was anonymous but some believe it was perhaps written by Samuel the prophet; however, it is unlikely that he was alive when this book was written. It was written about 1046-1035 B.C. Key personalities include Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz.
Its purpose was to demonstrate the kind of love, and faithfulness that God desires for us. It shows the difference between what happens when a nation does not follow in obedience to the covenant of God (Judges), and when God’s people follow in faithfulness within the covenant (Ruth).
• In chapter 1, Ruth remains loyal to her mother-in-law Naomi after the death of her husband and in-laws. Naomi decides to return to her home land of Bethlehem alone, however, Ruth insists on staying with her and adopting Naomi’s God as her own. “But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (1:16). As demonstrated above, today's preachers do not understand Hebrew idioms. Please review notes above in chapter 1 regarding the confusion of these idioms and words.
• Chapter 2 we see Ruth gleaning in the fields of Naomi’s relative Boaz. Boaz out of compassion and obedience to the law allows Ruth to glean but also leaves extra grain for her purposely.
• In chapter 3, Naomi encourages Ruth to seek marriage with Boaz as a kinsman redeemer. Ruth obeys Naomi and asks for her rights and Boaz agrees but mentions that he must first be sure there are no others with first rights.
• Chapter 4 Boaz and Ruth are married and Ruth conceives a son named Obed, the grandfather of the great King David, in the lineage of Christ our Messiah.
Summary of the Book of Ruth
The book is named after one of its main characters, a young woman of Moab, the great-grandmother of David and an ancestress of Jesus (4:21-22; Mt 1:1,5). The only other Biblical book bearing the name of a woman is Esther.
The story is set in the time of the judges, a time characterized in the book of Judges as a period of religious and moral degeneracy, national disunity and frequent foreign oppression. The book of Ruth reflects a time of peace between Israel and Moab (Jdg 3:12-30). There's peace because there were no Moabites in Moab at the time, Israel occupied the land for 400 years. Like 1Sa 1-2, it gives a series of intimate glimpses into the private lives of the members of an Israelite family. It also presents a delightful account of the remnant of true faith and piety in the period of the judges, relieving an otherwise wholly dark picture of that era.
Author and Date of Writing
The author is unknown. Jewish (Judahite) tradition points to Samuel, but it is unlikely that he is the author because the mention of David (4:17,22) implies a later date. Further, the literary style of Hebrew used in Ruth suggests that it was written during the period of the monarchy. The Jews are descendants of Cain and Esau, they are not Israelites. Jew is a deliberate and incorrect translation from the Israelite tribe Judah. The Jews use this stumblingblock to further their impersonation of true Israel.
Theme and Theology
The importance of faithful love in human relationships among God's kingdom people is powerfully underscored. The author focuses on Ruth's unswerving and selfless devotion to desolate Naomi (1:16-17; 2:11-12; 3:10; 4:15) and on Boaz's kindness to these two widows (chs. 2 - 4). He presents striking examples of lives that embody in their daily affairs the self-giving love that fulfills God's law (Lev 19:18; cf. Ro 13:10). Such love also reflects God's love, in a marvelous joining of human and divine actions (compare 2:12 with 3:9). In God's benevolence such lives are blessed and are made a blessing.
It may seem surprising that one who reflects God's love so clearly is a Moabitess. She was an Israelite living in Moab.
Either the “churches” are right or Yahweh is a liar.
She strikingly exemplifies the truth that participation in the coming kingdom of God is decided, not by blood and birth, but by the conformity of one's life to the will of God through the "obedience that comes from faith" (Ro 1:5). Not by blood but conformity? Does this commentator even read the scriptures?! The Bible is all about an exclusive bloodline and rejects all others. You cannot become a child of God's by “believing”. It is absolutely genetic. Her place in the ancestry of David signifies that all nations will be represented in the kingdom of David's greater Son.
As an episode in the ancestry of David, the book of Ruth sheds light on his role in the history of redemption. Redemption is a key concept throughout the account; the Hebrew word in its various forms occurs 23 times. The book is primarily a story of Naomi's transformation from despair to happiness through the selfless, God-blessed acts of Ruth and Boaz. She moves from emptiness to fullness (1:21; 3:17), from destitution (1:1-5) to security and hope (4:13-17). Similarly, Israel was transformed from national desperation at the death of Eli (1Sa 4:18) to peace and prosperity in the early days of Solomon (1Ki 4:20-34; 5:4) through the selfless devotion of David, a true descendant of Ruth and Boaz. If Ruth was not an Israelite, then David would be a bastard, a mixed breed. As would Christ. If you believe God accepts race mixing, you may as well throw your bible away because it is all about remaining separate from the other races! The scriptures teach exclusivity and separateness. The “churches” teach race mixing and universalism. The author thus reminded Israel that the reign of the house of David, as the means of God's benevolent rule in Israel, held the prospect of God's promised peace and rest. But this rest would continue only so long as those who participated in the kingdom -- prince and people alike -- reflected in their daily lives the selfless love exemplified by Ruth and Boaz. In Jesus, the great "son of David" (Mt 1:1), and his redemptive work, the promised blessings of the kingdom of God find their fulfillment.
Who wrote the book?
According to the Talmud (Jewish tradition), the prophet Samuel wrote the book of Ruth. Now let's put on our thinking cap. If the Talmud is the Jews Bible, then what does that make Christianity? The Jews are the devil's children through Cain and Esau. They are the most race mixed people on earth. The Bible is the book of the generations of Adam and more specifically of the sons of Jacob. We are descendants of Jacob. We are the pure chosen line. The Jews are liars and the lusts of their father they will do. The deception is world wide. The Jews are NOT Israel.
The final words of the book link Ruth with her great-grandson, David (Ruth 4:17–22), so we know it was written after his anointing. The genealogy at the end of the book shows David’s lineage through the days of the judges, acting as a support for his rightful kingship. Solomon is not mentioned, leading some to believe the book was written before David ascended the throne.
Where are we?
The events of Ruth occurred sometime between 1160 BC and 1100 BC, during the latter period of the judges (Ruth 1:1). These were dark days, full of suffering brought about by the Israelites’ apostasy and immorality. Part of the judgments God brought upon His sinful people included famine and war. The book of Ruth opens with a report of famine, which drove Naomi’s family out of Bethlehem into neighboring Moab. Naomi eventually returned with Ruth because she heard “that the LORD had visited His people in giving them food” (1:6).
Readers can identify this interlude as part of the cyclical pattern of sin, suffering, supplication, and salvation found in Judges. But this story stands as a ray of light, showing the power of the love between God and His faithful people. The author gave the reader a snapshot perspective—one family, in a small town, at the threshing floor—as opposed to the broader narratives found in Judges.
Why is Ruth so important?
The book was written from Naomi’s point of view. Every event related back to her: her husband’s and sons’ deaths, her daughters-in-law, her return to Bethlehem, her God, her relative, Boaz, her land to sell, and her progeny. Almost without peer in Scripture, this story views “God through the eyes of a woman.”
Naomi has been compared to a female Job. She lost everything: home, husband, and sons—and even more than Job did—her livelihood. She joined the ranks of Israel’s lowest members: the poor and the widowed. She cried out in her grief and neglected to see the gift that God placed in her path—Ruth.
Ruth herself embodied loyal love. Her moving vow of loyalty (Ruth 1:16–17), though obviously not marital in nature, is often included in modern wedding ceremonies to communicate the depths of devotion to which the new couples aspire. The book reveals the extent of God’s grace—He accepted Ruth into His chosen people and honored her with a role in continuing the family line into which His appointed king, David, and later His Son, Jesus, would be born (Matthew 1:1, 5). More lies. Yahweh accepted Ruth because she was an Israelite, likely of the tribe of Reuben. Yahweh make His covenants and promises to only Israel. It's the “churches” that add everybody else.
What's the big idea?
Obedience in everyday life pleases God. When we reflect His character through our interactions with others, we bring glory to Him. Ruth’s sacrifice and hard work to provide for Naomi reflected God’s love. Boaz’s loyalty to his kinsman, Naomi’s husband, reflected God’s faithfulness. Naomi’s plan for Ruth’s future reflected selfless love.
The book of Ruth showed the Israelites the blessings that obedience could bring. It showed them the loving, faithful nature of their God. This book demonstrates that God responds to His people’s cry. He practices what He preaches, so to speak. Watching Him provide for Naomi and Ruth, two widows with little prospects for a future, we learn that He cares for the outcasts of society just as He asks us to do (Jeremiah 22:16; James 1:27).
How do I apply this?
The book of Ruth came along at a time of irresponsible living in Israel’s history and appropriately called the people back to a greater responsibility and faithfulness before God—even in difficult times. This call applies just as clearly to us today. Because we are the descendants of those Israelites. The “churches” teach that the tribes of Israel disappeared. More lies.
We belong to a loving, faithful, and powerful God who has never failed to care and provide for His children. Like Ruth and Boaz, we are called to respond to that divine grace in faithful obedience, in spite of the godless culture in which we live. Are you willing?